Mind the Gap

Tracing the Origins of Human Universals

  • Peter M. Kappeler
  • Joan Silk

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Peter M. Kappeler, Joan S. Silk, Judith M. Burkart, Carel P. van Schaik
      Pages 3-15
  3. Family & Social Organization

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 18-18
    2. Ryne A. Palombit
      Pages 53-83
  4. Politics & Power

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 108-108
    2. Aimée M. Plourde
      Pages 139-152
    3. Laura Betzig
      Pages 153-168
  5. Intergroup Relationships

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 170-170
    2. Margaret C. Crofoot, Richard W. Wrangham
      Pages 171-195
  6. Foundations of Cooperation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 222-222
    2. Joan B. Silk, Robert Boyd
      Pages 223-244
    3. Venkat Lakshminarayanan, Laurie R. Santos
      Pages 245-259
  7. Language, Thought & Communication

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 282-282
    2. Dorothy L. Cheney, Robert M. Seyfarth
      Pages 283-298

About this book


What makes us human? What made us become the way we are? One way to answer these questions is to identify the traits that all humans share, traits that are universal features of all human societies. Another way to do so is to ask how humans differ from other species, particularly from our closest relatives, the nonhuman primates. The contributors to this book pursue both approaches, in an effort to understand how evolution has shaped modern human behavior and societies.


Evolution behavior coevolution culture human behaviour primate behaviour social behaviour

Editors and affiliations

  • Peter M. Kappeler
    • 1
  • Joan Silk
    • 2
  1. 1.Abt. SoziobiologieDeutsches PrimatenzentrumGöttingenGermany
  2. 2.Dept. AnthropologyUniversity of California, Los AngelesLos AngelesU.S.A.

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-02725-3
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2010
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Biomedical and Life Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-02724-6
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-02725-3
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